Saturday, January 03, 2009

Spin Doctor

Where’s A Number Cruncher When You Need One?

Photograph copyright: DAVID McMAHON


At the outset, let me assure you I am no gambler. I don’t care about racehorses. I couldn’t give a fig about greyhounds. The gambling gene simply passed me by. Simple as that.

But I was in Dawson City in the Yukon recently and of course I had to check out the historic venue Diamond Tooth Gertie’s, famous not just for being a non-profit casino but also for its excellent floor show. This shot was taken just before the cabaret started, while I was trying to get the best results in low-light conditions.

Yup, you could say I was gambling on the light.

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21 comments:

Lee said...

I don't have the gambling gene either. No one in my family has it. Doesn't mean we don't appreciate the challenge of a good game though.

Nice shot. I have been in a casino a time or two but the idea of a non-profit one is interesting. What does the money go to? Wish more casinos gave their earnings to charity.

Cheers!

jinksy said...

Your picture goes with my words, thanks!

Equilibrium

Wheel of Fortune
spins faster,
centrifugal force
flinging us away
from its epicentre,
the point of stability,
leaving us to find
our own individual
centre of calm.

Maggie May said...

Me neither..... maybe an odd lottery ticket but nothing more. It is all to do with the genes, isn't it? Compulsive disorder or something.
Makes a good picture though.

katherine. said...

I get very lethargic in casino type places...sensory overload.

however, a few years ago while on a cruise...I watched an elderly man winning a several hundred dollars on roulette. He taught my daughter and I the nuances of the wager.

Now I always play a few rounds of roulette...and I always place a bet on 22....smile...

Sandy said...

Casinos hold no allure for me! It's too hard to earn to throw it away in a casino. Loved the photo!

gogouci said...

Love the game...hate to lose. Cool photo.

YTSL said...

A non-profit casino is definitely an interesting idea. Does this mean it's easier for gamblers to win and/or do the proceeds go to charity??

humanobserver said...

Gambling ? very rare for me .......

The W.O.W. factor said...

Have never played this! Love the picture!...not enough to entice me to go out and find one though. My luck I'd lose my way home!

Leslie said...

I wnet to the Melbourne casino once, a few years ago - and just looked. :)

Happy New Year David. :)

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Colin Campbell said...

Me too David. Hopeless with gambling, so leave well alone. Have a good time in the wild west.

Pretty Life Online said...

When I was still in Philippines my friends & I during weekends we go to casino hoping to win... Lol! Happy New Year!

arlene said...

Ohh i've never been to a gambling den, David. But i wish to be into one -- not to play though but take photos. Am sure there are many interesting objects inside as photo objects. Thanks for sharing this photo. Nice one.

Have fun in Ausie and happy new year!

Alice - I Was Born2Cree8 said...

Did it turn out as well as you had 'hoped'? I think it's great!! I don't seem to have a gambling gene either, tho am sure some might say I've gambled with my life a few times, sigh.

Happy New Year!!

Mar said...

Me neither, no gambling gene but love your shot and take on the theme!
Mine is up here, have fun at the wedding ;)

Rach said...

I go for black or red, but that's it for me and gambling!

Melli said...

Well... looks to me like THAT gamble paid off -- in spades!? Or something like that! HOPE your enjoying your time!

Samantha and Mr. Tigger said...

Cool picture! Maybe there is HOPE that the numbers that the little balls fall on are one ones you needed! Thanks for the cool picture!
Your FL furiends,

Marites said...

it's the first time heard of a non-profit casino, interesting. without the shows to see, casino always get me sleepy the smoke can be quite overwhelming.

that's a good shot of the roulette though.

Corey~living and loving said...

I'd say you did great in the low light situation. :) thumbs up!

Sandi McBride said...

I am not overcome with Gambling...I don't have to join Gamblers Anon or any such...but I do like to lay a bet and sometimes join a pool...and of course there is the Lottery...hmmm...okay so maybe Gamblers Anon might not be a bad choice, after all.
Sandi